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Thursday, January 10, 2002
DVD-R is the most compatible DVD Recording format

The RWPPI (RW Product Promotion Initiative) reports that DVD-R (write once) has become the user's preference for DVD recording media because it offers the highest compatibility performance of any DVD recording format. This is a result of the DVD Forum's adoption of the DVD-Video mode for DVD-R and DVD-RW in 2000.

RWPPI will continue to work with its 47 member companies and the DVD Forum for the popularization of both DVD-R and DVD-RW (re-recordable for about 1,000 times) formats. RWPPI is also strongly promoting the playback compatibility with existing DVD playback devices. Both DVD-R and DVD-RW are expected to see strong growth patterns, similar to CD-R and CD-RW media, because of the increasing expansion of playback compatibility with existing players.

``DVD-R and DVD-RW offer high performance playback compatibility because of the RWPPI's ongoing involvement in conformity with the DVD Forum's commitment to defining DVD format standards and promoting broad acceptance of DVD products on a worldwide basis,'' said Dr. Masao Sugimoto, General Secretary, RWPPI.

``There are more than 230 DVD Forum member companies engaged in activities related to DVD research, development and manufacturing. It is both easy and desirable for many optical disc-related hardware and software companies to support the Forum-approved DVD-R and DVD-RW formats in their products because both formats are designed with compatibility in mind. We have strong indications from other manufacturers that they plan to support DVD-R/RW technologies in their upcoming products.''

RWPPI is undertaking numerous promotional and technical efforts to further optimize DVD-R/RW playback compatibility with existing DVD players and DVD-ROM computer drives. The major manufacturers report that playback compatibility rose from 60 percent in 1999 model year DVD players to 100 percent in 2001 model year units for DVD-R, and from 45 percent in 1999 to nearly 90 percent in 2001 model year DVD players for DVD-RW.

From its foundation, RWPPI has collectively engaged in popularizing and promoting the advantages of DVD-R and DVD-RW formats within member companies. For example, in order to popularize the ``Video Recording Mode'' for a wealth of useful video editing functions, RWPPI has been working to increase the number of ``Video Recording Mode''-ready DVD players.

RWPPI has also successfully established the indication fixation of ``120 minutes recording time'' on media packages for recordings.

The DVD-R and DVD-RW formats, for the first time, enable consumers to burn their own DVDs and play them back on a range of existing DVD players and DVD-ROM computer drives. The format has widespread applications for video entertainment, data storage, and home studio/desktop video production. Its compatibility with the growing installed base of DVD playback devices along with superior image quality and better functionality than conventional videotape make DVD-R/RW the next logical digital recording-media-of-choice to replace videotapes.

RWPPI currently boasts 47 member companies, a significant increase from the original 12 members. The organization is based in Tokyo with liaison offices in Europe and North America. Members include a wide and diversified array of recordable DVD businesses such as recorder manufacturers for home entertainment use, computer drive manufacturers, playback device manufacturers, DVD-R/RW recording media manufacturers, disc manufacturers, device manufacturers, application software manufacturers and others.

RWPPI member companies include: Advanced Media Corporation, Aiwa Co., Ltd., Almedio Inc., Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd., CMC Magnetics Corporation, Conexant Systems Japan Co., Ltd., Cyberlink Inc., Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd., Eastman Kodak Company, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., Fujifilm Microdevices Co., Ltd., Funai Electric Co., Ltd., Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Intervideo Japan Inc., Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Kenwood Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., MediaTek Inc., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsui Chemicals Inc., NEC Corporation, Nikon Corporation, Oak Technology, K.K., Onkyo Corporation, Optodisc Technology Corporation, Orion Electric Co., Ltd., Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer Video Corporation, Plannet Associate Co., Ltd., Ritek Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., SKC Co., Ltd., Sonic Solutions, Sony Corporation, Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., TDK Corporation, Teac Corporation, Texas Instruments Japan Limited, Thomson Multimedia, Unitech Japan Inc., Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC Media Co.), Yamaha Corporation and Zoran Corporation.

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